Can You Use Your Own Coffee With Nespresso? - Yes. You can use different types of coffee capsules on Nespresso machines to produce a cup of coffee as long as they are Nespresso compatible capsules. Nespresso compatible capsules can come in different formats.
One popular format is to use reusable capsules that can be filled up with your own desired ground coffee. These coffee grounds can either be ground from coffee beans, or purchased as ground coffee.
The other format is to purchase third party Nespresso compatible capsules which are packed, produced, and hermetically sealed by various specialty coffee roasters.
Usually, the coffee that is used by the specialty coffee roasters in such third party capsules is of specialty grade and produces a higher quality cup of coffee than even Nespresso branded capsules.
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The main advantage of using your own coffee with Nespresso machines is that you are able to enjoy a variety of different types and quality of coffee without having to purchase a separate coffee machine for it altogether.
Additionally, in a typical household with more than one coffee drinker, there is likely to be different preferences in the type of coffee being consumed. Having coffee capsules with different brands, types, and quality of coffee that can be used on the same Nespresso machine at home makes a lot of sense.
Apart from Nespresso compatible capsules and machines, there are also other types of coffee capsule formats available on the market, such as the offerings from Keurig and Lavazza. However, it is important to note that internationally, the Nespresso compatible format is the most widely used and recognisable format of coffee capsules.
This means that if you were to try and source specialty coffee capsules from your local specialty coffee roaster, they are more than likely going to be made using the Nespresso compatible format, and not any others.
Reusable capsules offer even greater flexibility in some way, as you can buy any coffee beans from your preferred specialty roaster, grind them up, and load them into the reusable capsule, although this comes at a small price as it is more inconvenient to load the ground coffee into the reusable capsule for each use.
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Among all the third party Nespresso compatible capsules on the market that are produced by specialty coffee roasters, you will notice that there may be slight differences in the materials used for the capsules. Older formats include the use of plastic capsules, followed by aluminium capsules later on.
Today, it is not uncommon to find more and more coffee producers utilising biodegradable capsules, which has seen an increase in demand through environmentally conscious consumers.
Because of these differences in materials used, it is important to understand that there are some slight differences in the performance of such capsules. Well produced capsules of any material will produce a great cup of coffee.
However, some poorly produced capsules can have issues when it comes to brewing. For example, certain seals on capsules are harder to puncture than others, resulting in poor coffee extraction during brewing.
Other times, certain plastic capsules made from softer plastic tend to stick inside the brewing chamber of the Nespresso machine, and do not always automatically drop down into the waste bin after you disengage the brewer. In such cases, you will need to manually prod the capsules to give it a nudge into the waste bin before loading the next capsule.
This is not a big issue and does not affect brewing, but nonetheless important for you to note as a consumer.
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